The last way you'd think about dressing in Thursday's rainy cold is in a skimpy costume, shorts and a tank top. But to save animals and tout vegetarianism, that's exactly how two members of the animal rights group PETA showed up in Biloxi.
Kayla Worden, also known as one of the Lettuce Ladies, and her partner Christo, the Broccoli Boy, certainly got some curious stares on the nasty day from drivers passing by Reynoir Street and Howard Avenue. That's where the two brought PETA's "turn over a new leaf: go vegetarian" campaign.
Just seeing Worden in her little lettuce costume made those of us who were bundled up shiver with cold. Her partner, Christo, didn't have on much more, shorts and a tank top.
The skimpy get-ups caught the eye of a few drivers passing by. Passing brochures through the open window of a pickup truck, Worden told the driver, "I want to turn you on to vegetarianism."
Worden also tried to convince realtor Al Allegue that going meatless is best.
"I wouldn't say they're crazy. I think they're dedicated to their cause. I just don't know if that's the way to go about it out in this weather."
But Worden says her goose bumps are nothing compared to what animals suffer on the way to the dinner table.
"Meaning that cattle frequently go through slaughter strung up by the legs kicking and screaming often having their throats slit often while fully conscious and the list of these atrocities goes on and on."
Worden says if the animals don't concern you, your health should.
"The three biggest killers in this country are heart disease, cancer and stroke, all of which are highly preventable through simple lifestyle changes and includes adopting a low fat, vegetarian diet."
Dietician Deborah Chatagnier says that's true to a certain extent and with any eating style you need to choose the right foods.
"Any type of eating behavior, whether it be that they're a vegetarian or someone who does eat meat and protein rich foods, can be healthy both ways. It's a matter of putting things together, and the problem with vegetarian diets, particularly those who do not drink milk or eat fish or eat chicken, is it's extremely hard to stay on that type of program," says Chatagnier.
PETA's visit to Biloxi Thursday was the third stop of a four city tour aimed at promoting different PETA issues: vegetarianism, fur and circuses.